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50 top-rated authors

Authors rated by at least 50 members (average/ratings/raters).

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.75/291/130), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.74/85/85), Crossway Bibles (4.69/605/529), Ollie Johnston (4.68/92/80), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/187/187), William R. Trumble (4.67/83/83), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.67/98/77), Karl Elliger (4.65/104/104), Frank H. Netter (4.65/94/51), William M. Gaines (4.64/387/61), Harold Abelson (4.62/215/212), Bill Watterson (4.62/10152/3170), Richard Williams (4.61/53/53), Bryan Stevenson (4.59/201/201), George Frideric Handel (4.59/202/87), Luigi Serafini (4.57/108/105), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/317/189), Russel Lazega (4.57/61/61), Avraham Azrieli (4.56/295/151), Drew Daywalt (4.56/577/501), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/60/60), Steve Purcell (4.55/76/58), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/54/54), Harold McGee (4.55/422/395), Don Rosa (4.54/520/186), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Carla Emery (4.54/98/98), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/67), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/203/200), Alexander Roberts (4.53/111/56), Lindsay Mattick (4.53/114/115), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1089/585), Jeff Brumbeau (4.52/101/81), Menena Cottin (4.52/123/123), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.52/97/97), Ki Longfellow (4.52/252/190), James Jean (4.52/78/50), John Williams (4.52/105/64), Stanley Kunitz (4.51/79/69), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/83/83), Tom Tierney (4.51/612/89), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.51/390/139), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.51/362/120), Margaret Grieve (4.51/97/69), W. Richard Stevens (4.5/306/181), David Allen Sibley (4.5/463/289), Brandon Stanton (4.5/187/159) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.66/64/64), Randy Davila (2.15/123/123), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.16/98/81), Christopher Ransom (2.19/139/134), Hal Lindsey (2.37/157/102), Jessica Cutler (2.38/56/56), Rebecca Campbell (2.45/59/54), Michael Gerber (2.52/206/165), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), John B. Olson (2.54/198/189), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), Melissa P. (2.59/200/192), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Nancy Balbirer (2.6/60/60), O. J. Simpson (2.6/78/76), Emma Tennant (2.61/218/176), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Arabella Weir (2.65/64/60), Alexander Campion (2.66/56/50), Adèle Lang (2.67/59/58), Ellen Fein (2.68/91/72), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/90/90), Janet Groth (2.7/54/54), John Milne (2.7/66/59), Simon (2.71/174/143), Catherine Millet (2.72/212/207), Anna Sam (2.72/63/63), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Erich von Däniken (2.73/560/389), Vonda McIntyre (2.73/208/205), Trudy Baker (2.73/67/63), Eden Cole (2.75/119/55), Andrew Keen (2.75/165/165), Charlotte Roche (2.76/331/315), Douglas Monroe (2.77/59/51), James Bradley (2.77/141/135), Naomi Kramer (2.78/80/74), Michael Drosnin (2.78/151/135), Vonna Harper (2.78/88/51), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Robin Kirman (2.79/50/50), Steve Lookner (2.79/74/68), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/62/59), Tawny Taylor (2.8/147/100), Phoenix Desmond (2.81/57/57), Jill Price (2.81/53/53), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Nostradamus (2.81/97/83), Heleen van Royen (2.82/196/125) — show more

50 authors people can't agree on

Must have 50 raters. The numbers are the standard deviation of rating—how much they differ from the average.

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

Lee Child, Diana Gabaldon, Don Maitz, John Green, Brandon Sanderson, David Brin, Sandra Brown, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Jude Deveraux, Laurie Halse Anderson, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, Naomi Novik, Patrick Rothfuss, James Rollins, Joe Hill, Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Bear, James Dashner, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, John Carey, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, Janny Wurts, Melissa Marr, Manon Smits, Susan Mallery, Jo Beverley, Sharon Kay Penman, Tite Kubo, Susan Wittig Albert, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Alan Furst, Randy Alcorn, Edward R. Tufte, Sarah Addison Allen, Marie Jones, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Sharon Lee, Geerten Meijsing, Matthew Pearl, Sherryl Woods, Lynn Viehl, Deborah Harkness, Neal Asher — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (582,242), Stephen King (445,662), Terry Pratchett (365,152), J. R. R. Tolkien (285,249), C. S. Lewis (270,818), Neil Gaiman (246,780), William Shakespeare (238,261), Nora Roberts (238,060), Agatha Christie (218,324), James Patterson (201,605), Jane Austen (182,108), Isaac Asimov (175,158), Charles Dickens (171,270), Stephenie Meyer (169,618), John Grisham (160,098), Janet Evanovich (145,758), Orson Scott Card (143,599), Dan Brown (143,227), Anne McCaffrey (142,043), Dr. Seuss (140,821), Dean Koontz (135,101), Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (133,781), Anne Rice (129,545), Roald Dahl (128,338), George Orwell (127,758), Douglas Adams (127,440), John Steinbeck (122,590), George R. R. Martin (121,225), Robert A. Heinlein (120,516), Mercedes Lackey (120,166), Charlaine Harris (116,133), Margaret Atwood (111,205), Mark Twain (110,663), Suzanne Collins (110,426), Laurell K. Hamilton (109,149), Robert Jordan (106,616), Lemony Snicket (104,100), Ernest Hemingway (103,420), Mary Pope Osborne (102,961), Michael Crichton (102,916), Piers Anthony (99,217), Fyodor Dostoevsky (98,815), Haruki Murakami (98,750), Ray Bradbury (96,077), Rick Riordan (95,537), Philip Pullman (92,030), Jim Butcher (91,923), Gabriel García Márquez (90,330), Bill Bryson (88,062), Philip K. Dick (87,179), Jodi Picoult (86,666), Patricia Cornwell (86,657), Ursula K. Le Guin (86,553), Tom Clancy (85,232), David Eddings (84,782), F. Scott Fitzgerald (83,595), Arthur Conan Doyle (82,916), Carolyn Keene (82,812), Frank Herbert (80,532), Arthur C. Clarke (79,705), L. M. Montgomery (79,566), Tamora Pierce (78,933), J. D. Salinger (78,435), Michael Connelly (78,336), Neal Stephenson (78,329), Alexander McCall Smith (77,339), Madeleine L'Engle (73,388), Umberto Eco (73,211), Chuck Palahniuk (72,903), Stieg Larsson (72,707), Nicholas Sparks (72,359), John Irving (72,066), Clive Cussler (71,374), Leo Tolstoy (71,099), Anonymous (70,570) — show more

50 "completist" authors

Average number of books in a collection, if there's one.

Colleen Doran (60.99), Tracy Hickman (54.03), Wilhelm Grimm (51.94), Christopher Tolkien (48.79), Marc Hempel (46.76), Gentry Lee (40.24), Charles Vess (34.56), Mark Victor Hansen (32.1), Edward FitzGerald (31.07), George R. Stewart (29.51), John L. Bull (29.14), Simone Beck (27.7), Jerry B. Jenkins (23), Albert Uderzo (22.27), Mike Allred (22.19), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.89), Lincoln Child (19.9), Skip Williams (19.55), Tasha Tudor (19.14), Richard Sapir (18.79), Kenneth Robeson (18.04), Bryan Talbot (17.71), Jack Du Brul (16.22), Deborah Turner Harris (15.63), Jerry Pournelle (15.19), Don Pendleton (15.04), P. Craig Russell (14.95), Eiichiro Oda (14.93), Yumi Tamura (14.9), Nora Roberts (14.86), Neta Jackson (14.84), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.28), CLAMP (14.25), Ann Hood (14.19), Walter Ralston Martin (14.18), Warren Murphy (14.08), Scott Dikkers (14.04), Chie Shinohara (14.01), James Axler (13.98), Dave McKean (13.68), Friedrich Engels (13.64), Margit Sandemo (13.63), Mercedes Lackey (13.54), Milo Manara (13.48), Jack Cohen (13.45), Daisy Meadows (13.39), Naoki Urasawa (13.23), Roger Leloup (13.2), Saki Hiwatari (13.08), Rumiko Takahashi (13.01) — show more

Notes: See standard deviation for more on this concept. Basically, if everyone basically agrees that an author's books are good or bad, the standard deviation is low. If opinions differ a lot, the standard deviation of ratings is high. All statistics are updated daily, if possible, or more frequently.

 

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